Visiting Lecturer III
Harold A. Monteau is a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana. earned his J.D. in 1986 from the University of New Mexico School of Law and has practiced in the Indian Law area for 25 years, concentrating on Tribal Government and Jurisdiction, Indian Gaming, Casino Finance, Operations and Regulation and Tribal Economic Development and Diversification. He holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education.
In addition to being a visiting professor in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic, he is a consultant for the National Indian Council On Aging. He resides in Rio Rancho. Monteau is also a journalist, writing for Indian Country Today for more than a decade on Indian law and Indian affairs.
He is the former chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, the federal agency with limited regulatory oversight with regard to more than 250 Indian gaming facilities. He was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He has been an advocate for Indian gaming and an advocate for strengthening tribal sovereignty and the perpetual existence of American Indian nations. Monteau is also a staunch advocate for Indian preference in employment, contracting and procurement, especially in the Indian gaming industry.